Colleen Murray Genealogy

I am a Professional Genealogist based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. I completed my PLCGS from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies in January, 2015. I specialize in Irish genealogy, and visit Ireland regularly for research trips. I also do local Alberta research, and distance research on Quebec, Ontario, the Maritimes and elsewhere.

Recent Blog Posts

Society Blue Books
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Society Blue Books
Recently, a friend introduced me to the Blue Book, a society Who’s Who guide. Several editions from the early 1900’s for the Toronto area have been digitized and can be consulted by anyone via the Toronto Public Library Digital Archive.The Toronto area books were first published by Wm. Tyrell & C...
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FamilySearch Indexing Event
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to 22 is FamilySearch’s Worldwide Indexing Event. This is one weekend a year, where FamilySearch, the digitizer and provider of free genealogy records, encourages everyone to do some indexing for them. If you use FamilySearch’s digitized microfilms, as great as they are, I’m sure you agree that t...
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Upcoming Genealogy class Nov. 4th
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The Edmonton branch of the Alberta Genealogical Society is hosting a workshop on November 4th entitled Introduction to Research. Students who are new to genealogy or who would like to improve the quality of their work, will learn about researching in libraries, archives and online. Students will ...
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A busy week!
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A busy week!
Due to my post on August 3rd, I had a very busy week with the media! My top 100 genealogy blog listing led to CBC RadioActive wanting to interview me last Monday. And if that wasn't great enough, they followed that up with a web article on Wednesday.  The radio interview wasn't put up online, but...
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Advances in Royal Irish Constabulary Research
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Advances in Royal Irish Constabulary Research
This week I have been preparing for a talk that I am giving on the Royal Irish Constabulary (the RIC). The talk will be on September 12 at 7:30 pm for the Irish Special Interest Group of the Edmonton branch of the Alberta Genealogical Society. Special Interest group meetings are generally for bra...
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Starting off right
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Many of us do genealogy for the thrill of the hunt. Sometimes that means we aren't as careful in documentation and organization as we should be, especially when we are just starting out as genealogists. Sometimes it is years before we realize that we have been doing a poor job organizing our work...
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Blog award!
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Blog award!
I received some great news this week! This blog has received an award from Feedspot for being one of the top 100 genealogy blogs. You can check out some of the other chosen blogs here: Top 100 Genealogy BlogsThanks Feedspot! I will continue to try to produce a high quality blog!
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Roots Sand Sculpture
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Roots Sand Sculpture
I recently visited the Parksville, British Columbia Sand Sculpting Competition & Exhibition and saw this lovely sandcastle by Delayne Corbett. The sculpture shows four Canadian buildings: the Chateau Frontenac in Quebec, the Peace Tower in Ottawa, the CN Tower in Toronto, and a grain elevator, re...
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A sense of urgency
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As most genealogists have already heard by now, FamilySearch is discontinuing its microfilm lending program. Although the news has been met with a mix of panic and resignation by genealogists, the good news is that it's not too late to order film. The order deadline is August 31st, so even if you...
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House History links
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Links for researching Historic homes:Canada’s Historic Places:http://www.historicplaces.ca/Alberta Register of Historic Places:https://hermis.alberta.ca/ARHP/City of Edmonton Inventory & Register of Historic Resources:https://www.edmonton.ca/city_government/edmonton_archives/historic-resources-in...
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